CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs says that Newcastle United are ‘monitoring’ Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo ahead of a potential move.
The Lowdown: Tough negotiators…
Brighton are notoriously tough negotiators, having received big transfer fees from Premier League rivals for the likes of Marc Cucurella, Ben White and Yves Bissouma in recent seasons.
Caicedo is another player seemingly in high demand in this window, with reports that the Seagulls will not sell him for less than £75m+ in this window, amid interest from both Chelsea and Liverpool.
The Latest: Newcastle interest
Taking to Twitter, Jacobs has shared that Newcastle are also ‘monitoring’ Caicedo’s situation at Brighton, and are ‘one to watch’ in terms of whether they may make a move in this window:
“Newcastle are also one to watch. Club are looking at more budget midfield options and are still prioritising a creative-minded midfielder over a DM. However they are monitoring the situation.”
The Verdict: Wait until summer?
Judging by Brighton’s valuation of the player, and the fact that he is under contract at the Amex Stadium until 2025, the St. James’ Park outfit should wait until the summer before trying to make a move for Caicedo, in the hope that his price may come down.
As Jacobs points out, they are looking at more budget options in the middle of the park, which would be a fine stopgap until they can complete their major business in the summer.
Dubbed a ‘Machine Man‘ by Football Talent Scout Jacek Kulig, Caicedo has been one of the Seagulls’ standout performers in the Premier League so far this season, and has played a huge part as to why they sit in sixth place in the table and are pushing for European football.
The Magpies have Jonjo Shelvey, Matt Ritchie and Matty Longstaff all running out of contract in the summer, so Caicedo would be a perfect signing to come in once they expire, and give Eddie Howe something to build on going into the next campaign.